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Save a little money this holiday season by coordinating your MP3 players, iPods, and electronic readers (excluding the Kindle) with free downloads from Portage County District Library. Visit overdrive.portagelibrary.org 24/7 (anytime, anywhere) to download eBooks and audiobooks from the convenience of your own home or other PC.  Using a Portage County District Library card and with the installation of free software (a one-time download), you can begin checking out and downloading titles immediately. Why buy titles for presents when you can get them free from the library?

Library patrons can browse the downloadable collection and checkout up to ten titles for a seven or 14 day loan period.  At the end of the loan period, the audiobooks will expire and return to the collection (eBooks can be returned early).  No returns to the library, no late fees.  It’s free, and just that easy! Are you new to digital media? Select the “Quick Start Guide” feature on the website for help.

Another great “gift” of the downloadable media collection- including audiobooks-  is the ability for users to create wish lists for titles that have not yet been released or that they are interested in checking out at a later date. Select “Add to Wish List” to place your name at the top of the list. Newly-added seasonal eBook titles include The Battle for Christmas by Stephen Nissenbaum, Christmas 101: Celebrating the Holiday Season from Christmas to New Year’s by Rick Rodgers, and The Christmas Promise by Donna VanLiere.  Bestsellers are available as well. Get the newest James Patterson, Jonathan Kellerman, Ted Dekker, and Jonathan Franzen titles today.

For more information about other library services and programs, visit the Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org.


What do you give to the person that has everything? Give the gift of a dedicated book or donation this year. Dedicate a book to the Portage County District Library collection. You may choose to dedicate a book, music, downloadable audiobook or eBook, book on CD, or DVD on a particular topic, or allow the library staff to select a subject. Your contribution helps enhance the collection, sharing with your community. A book plate commemorating your gift will be placed on the item purchased.

Monetary donations in the name of a loved one or someone special can be made as well. Checks should be made out to Portage County District Library and returned to 10482 South Street, Garrettsville, OH 44231 ATTN: Fiscal Officer. Donations will be used to purchase new materials for the library system. Receipts are available upon request.

As with all donations to the Portage County District Library system, your contribution is tax deductible. Visit any branch library and ask for a “Dedicate a Book” form. Branch libraries include Aurora Memorial, Brimfield, Garrettsville, Pierce Streetsboro, Randolph, Windham, and Outreach Services- Home Delivery & Library Express. Library Express locations include Aurora, Brimfield, Edinburg, Hiram, Mantua, Randolph, Rootstown, and Shalersville.


Windham – Santa will be stopping by the Windham Library on Wednesday, December 16 at 6:00 pm. Children from birth to age 17 can have their picture taken for free (limit 1 per child).  On Tuesday, December 21 from 11:00-4:00 pm children are invited to “Holiday Happiness”.  During this time they can make and wrap presents to give to family members.  Windham Library wishes all a happy holiday season and would like to take this opportunity to remind you we will be closed on the following dates:  December 24, 25 and 31.

For more information, call the Windham Library at 330-326-3145.  The library, located at 9647 East Center Street, is open Monday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For additional information about library programs and services, please Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org.

The Newton Falls Public Library recently received the following email query. “We have a patron who needs a wiring diagram for a 21-foot 1976 Starcraft boat.  Is there a library that has this information?” Libraries are very good with sharing information and on occasion the staff of the Newton Falls Public Library gets requests such as this one from another library.

We contacted the librarian making the inquiry and discovered that her patron did not need information about the Holiday outboard motor attached to the boat, but rather the diagrams for the boat itself. Searching our catalog, we found Outboard Motor and Inboard/Outdrive: wiring diagrams, 1956-1989 and Outboard Motor Service Manual. Since neither had the information needed, we expanded our search online.

Typing in www.OhioWebLibrary.org/smallengine took us to the Small Engine Repair Reference Center database. It includes manuals for All Terrain Vehicles, Generators & Other Small Engines, Marine/Boat Motors, Motorcycles, Outdoor Power Equipment, Personal Water Craft, Snow Machines/Snow Mobiles, and Tractors. Selecting Marine/Boat Motors, we looked at the Electrical System section of Powerboat Maintenance Overview & Information. From there we were able to send on information about auxiliary power plants, battery systems, bonding, lighting, making a wiring diagram, power plant lay-up, and shore power.  We were also able to send the Intertec Wiring Diagrams: Outboard Motors & Inboard/Outdrives 1956-1989.  Hopefully this information will meet the need of the patron. Newton Falls Public Library card holders can access this website from any Internet access computer.

If the patron is interested in more information there are websites such as www.iboats.com. This website had a page which gave more details about the 1976 Starcraft Holiday 22, a 21.42 foot outboard boat and how to purchase a manual.

For answers to your questions or the verification of stories, visit the Newton Falls Public Library, 204 S. Canal Street, Newton Falls or phone 330-872-1282. For information about library programs or hours, also visit our website at www.newtonfalls.org..

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary members were awed by the scope of initiatives, activities and programs outlined by their speaker, Fred Youngen, of the Windham Bible Church, also a moving force in the Renaissance Family Center, which was the topic of his remarks.

Virtually no age group in the community would fail to find some area of interest to participate in.  Social concerns and the means of addressing them fall within the center’s purview, as do recreational and cultural activities–clubs, leagues, societies and the like.  Partnering and co-ordinating with the Salvation Army has helped each entity to get the most done at what it does best rather than duplicating each other’s efforts, and this has held true for other enterprises as well.  There is even some thought about becoming involved with the Windham Branch of the Portage County District Library as it searches for new quarters.

Anyone looking for a basketball league, family-friendly movie nights, an AA meeting, an occasional coffee with friends or community-focused programs in a number of areas should check out the Renaissance Family Center web site or check out their posted activity schedule or ask one of the many volunteers and participants how to get involved.

And, of course, planning continues for the annual Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction at Sugar Bush on November 11th.  Get your tickets now!


Windham Library invites kids of all ages to a special Thanksgiving storytime on Monday, November 15 at 10:30 am.   Storytime is an opportunity for both parent and child to spend some one-on-one time enriching the child’s environment with stories, music, finger plays and movement.

A Thanksgiving craft will be available November 15-November 19.  Crafts are open to all ages during the library’s hours of operation. On November 24 at 12:30 p.m. we will be offering a family-friendly, updated movie version of a Charles Dickens’ classic. Old miser Scrooge must face the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-Come. The spirits must help bring kindness to his otherwise cold heart and remind him of the man he used to be.

Windham  Library  and  the entire Portage County District Library system will be closed on Thursday, November 11th for Veterans Day and Thursday November 25th for Thanksgiving.

For more information, call the Windham Library at 330-326-3145.  The library is  located at 9647 East Center Street.

Geauga County – The Geauga County Public Library Board of Trustees will be holding open public forums throughout the county shortly after Election Day, November 2.  Members of the public are invited to comment about what library services need to be funded in the 2011 library budget and beyond.  This will help the Library Board to make decisions about what services to keep, add or drop beginning in 2011.

Everyone is invited to these forums which will be held at each of the larger community library buildings.  Times vary to accommodate family life and work schedules.  If you can not attend the meeting nearest you, feel free to attend a different session.  There is no pre-registration needed for these forums.

Meeting dates and locations are:

Saturday, November 6, 10:00 a.m. at Geauga West Library; 13455 Chillicothe Road; Chesterland.  The phone number is 440-729-4250.

Monday, November 8, 7:00 p.m. at Bainbridge Library; 17222 Snyder Road; Bainbridge.  The phone number is 440-543-5611.

Wednesday, November 10, 7:00 p.m. at Chardon Library; 110 East Park Street; Chardon.  The phone number is 440-285-7601.

Tuesday, November 16, 6:00 p.m. at Middlefield Library; 16167 East High Street, Middlefield.  The phone number is 440-632-1961.